Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

Outrage after first women's Ballon d'Or victor Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk

Moments after Ada Hegerberg became the first female recipient of the Ballon d'Or on Tuesday morning, she was asked to answer some questions from DJ Martin Solveig.

But the historic moment was tarnished after French DJ Martin Solveig, a presenter at the Paris gala, asked the soccer star if she wanted to twerk on stage, prompting gasps in the crowd.

Solveig later offered his "sincere apologies" and Hegerberg said he also said sorry to her personally, but she dismissed suggestions that the incident had marred her evening.

"I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d'Or ... Watch the full sequence, people who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women".

Hegerberg finished last season as the French league's top scorer with 31 goals and netted 15 in the Champions League as Lyon went on to win the competition.

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He tweeted: 'I explained to @AdaStolsmo the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke.

Picking up the maiden award, Solveig proceeded to ask Hegeberg whether or not she could, nay would, "twerk".

"It's all about how we respect women's football". Hegerberg claims the women's game has been shown a lack of respect amid low investment and player wages, causing her to step back from the national team indefinitely.

The comment sparked outrage on social media, with many users calling the remarks "sexist", and Solveig released an apology on Twitter shortly after. "I of course didn't want to offend anyone", he said.

"You've seen that I prepared a little celebration for (France forward) Kylian (Mbappe) so we said we're going to do something similar".

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A jury of 45 journalists picked her from among 15 nominees for the inaugural Ballon d'Or for women.

She has said that she won't play for Norway at next year's Women's World Cup.

Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named the best men's player of 2018 at the prestigious awards organised by France Football magazine.

It recognises her as the best female footballer in the world.

"For the first time a woman will win football's highest honour".

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